We are delighted to share with you some of the personal stories and reports of the women and young girls who are now living a better life due to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in their communities. Their days spent fetching clean water and suffering from simple water borne diseases have been drastically cut due to the completion of water facilities that Blue Planet Network has funded.
Thank you to all our donors for continuing to make these uplifting stories possible.
However Blue Planet Network's work is far from done, and we will keep you updated each step of the way.
Kalembo Secondary School, Songea Ruvuma, TanzaniaProject Implementer : Ruvuma Mission to the Poor and Disables (PADI)
"We students of Kalembo Secondary school, we send our greetings of thanks to you [Blue Planet Network], all our fellow Schools from USA, and all others who in one way or another have helped us access Clean and safe water in our school. The bore hole you have build for us has reduced several problems we have been facing for more than 6 years now. Among the problems we have been facing are: 1) Loosing several classes due to long distance moving to collect some water 2) Drinking un-safe water for our health as we were fetching from local dug wells 3) School building construction was also tough as we traveled the same distance in order to get water for the work. 4) The same wells we used to collect some water we were sharing with animals like pigs and dogs. Your assistance has made us free from above problems. We are now ensured with good health and improving our academic performance as most of our time will be used in academic issues.
Thank you very much for considering our need.
Eisha Shaban - Head Girl "
Chamasowa Village, Malawi | Litchenza Samuti and Chamasowa ProjectProject Implementer : Water For People
"My name is Rhoda Chiputu, I am 10 years old. I come from Chamasowa Village and am in Standard 3 at Chamasowa Primary School....Now that there is a borehole in my community, the scarce drinking water has become easily accessible; the distance to the water source has been much reduced; and this rainy season I have not suffered from diarrhea. I now spend less time collecting water than before and have more time to do my homework and concentrate in school. My performance is improving."
Kalampatzon, GuatemalaProject Implementer : Agua Para la Salud
Date of Visit: April 2010 | Report by: Jodi Moss | Photos by: Tristan Moss
Petrona Matrom Cobo’s life has changed significantly since the Guatemalan not-for-profit organization Agua para la Salud, installed a water distribution system in her village (Kalampatzon) in 2009 and 2010 with funding from Blue Planet Network. Before this, Petrona walked about three kilometers each way to a nearby river to collect water. Several trips each day were required to collect enough water for her family of seven. Petrona also carried her laundry each day to her relative’s house in their neighboring village.
Petrona now has a faucet with running water next to her kitchen. This leaves Petrona with more time. She is able to make her children’s clothes and she is better able to tend her crops. She composts, and uses the grey water from her faucet to irrigate her garden. Last year, she fed her family almost entirely from her garden and did not have to buy any corn (Guatemala’s staple food). All of these things save her money.
Kalampatzon’s new water system also is relieving population pressures in neighboring villages. During the civil war, Kalampatzon was destroyed and its residents were forced to flee from their homes. Only about ten of 55 families returned to Kalampatzon after the war. The others moved to overpopulated neighboring villages. Now that Kalampatzon has a water system, the families are starting to rebuild their homes and return to their land.
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